Perhaps you’ve heard the musical comment “More Cowbell”. Well this mornings walk presented another photo op for “More Frank”. But first…
I spotted this Madrona tree basking in the golden morning light. It certainly did make the red bark pop! There are a lot of Madrona trees here in Coupeville and mornings like this really makes them special.
And, as promised, “More Frank”! I really like this silhouette of Frank, our resident Great Blue Heron, against the morning sky looking over Penn Cove.
That’s it! I only walked two miles this morning but at least I got out and walked, that’s what’s important. I hope you walk as well and not just with me.
Welcome to September 2017. It was a beautiful morning for a nice little walk. 52 degrees F and clear skies. I only walked 2 1/4 miles but that’s because I stopped a lot to look at the scenery and take photos. Here are just a few from my efforts.
First up “Frank Fishing”. This Great Blue Heron was frozen solid waiting for just the perfect breakfast to swim close enough to snatch from the water. At least while I was standing there it struck out. Maybe I distracted it.
One thing that is really beautiful on Whidbey Island are all the “high bank” areas that we have exposing millions of years of geology. This high bank is along Scenic Heights just southeast of Oak Harbor on the other side of Penn Cove from Coupeville. The morning sun really makes them stand out.
The Coupeville Wharf was basking in the morning sun as well but there was an ominous cloud bank behind it. Fortunately the cloud bank has dissipated and it’s going to be a beautiful day all over the island.
I have a busy weekend of music ahead. The Island Jazz Collective, a jazz group I play drums with, will be performing at the Ciao Italian Restaurant in Coupeville tonight from 6:00 – 8:00PM. On Sunday we’ll be playing at the Oak Harbor Music Festival from 12:00 – 1:00 PM. If you get a chance, stop by and listen to some cool jazz and say hi!
Thanks for walking with me and have a great September.
It’s really hard to believe that August is over already but what a fabulous summer we’ve had. I think we are on day 74 with temperatures above 70F and only .02″ of rain. We could use some water!
On my 2.5 mile walk this morning I saw fourteen deer. They seem to be everywhere right here in town. This is a very poor flash picture of a deer going after some low hanging fruit but I just had to share. Talk about a stretch!
It was really cloudy this morning but like this photo of Penn Cove and boats with the low tide showing in the foreground.
I’ve taken photos of the Coupeville Wharf with the street lights on before but this morning I just had to take one more!
On the way home this blue flower caught my eye. It’s on a very thick, six to seven foot tall stock and as big as a fist. The blue spikes really stick out. It’s a “Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus), just in case you were curious.
I did a lot better with this flower than I did with the “blueberries” I showed you the other day. Carmen, one of my fellow walkers, pointed out that they really are “Oregon Grapes”. Sorry for the misinformation.
Thanks for walking with me today and now it’s onward to September 2017!
This morning I have a safety announcement for the citizens of Coupeville and its visitors. I just spotted a defibrillator mounted to the side of the Collections Boutique store at the Front Street end of the Coupeville Wharf. We can only hope that no one ever needs to use it but it’s there should an emergency arrive.
Do you see it, next to the little library box?
I was out walking early this morning and the sun wasn’t quite up yet but I still got this interesting photo of Mt. Baker just above the trees.
And once again, I just couldn’t resist taking yet another photo of a sunrise over the wharf and Penn Cove. Who could get tired of this view?
The schooner Suva was basking in the morning sun. I copied this description from the Suva website.
“Come aboard the Suva and sail back in time! This Gatsby-era schooner was built in 1925 for Coupeville resident and attorney, Frank J Pratt, Jr. She was designed by Ted Geary, a noted Seattle naval architect. Built in Hong Kong, then shipped to British Columbia for spars and rigging, Suva sailed into Coupeville making a grand entrance. Since that time, Suva remained in Puget Sound waters. She is now the proud flagship of the Coupeville Maritime Heritage Foundation, only her sixth owner, and is open to the public for tours and sailing. Come discover her charm. Welcome aboard!”
What a beautiful old boat!
And that’s a wrap for this weeks Hump Day. Thanks for walking with me and I’ll see you again real soon.
Happy “Eclipse Day” and a new week. This morning it was overcast and a tad foggy but it should burn off before the main event.
Since it wasn’t a great photo day I decided to show you how busy our dock is. There were a lot of boats tied up and even some rafted to one another. There were others anchored out in Penn Cove.
Here’s a long shot of the Coupeville Wharf and some of the boats. And you’ll notice that “Frank” has a little cameo in this shot.
These two big, beautiful yachts were rafted together. I guess we know how the other half is living 😉
I doesn’t seem to matter how big your yacht is there’s always one that’s bigger. This sailboat took up the entire fuel dock. I have no idea how long it is but it’s big and beautiful.
And there you have it, a nice start to a new week. Thanks for walking with me and remember, DO NOT look directly into the eclipse!!!
Good morning my friends! We got a little rain yesterday and I mean a little, .01″, but it was enough to stop our record run of the most days without any measurable rain. The old record was 52 days and we smashed it this year.
Of course the bad news is, because we live on an island water is limited. We don’t have any snow pack, rivers, streams or large reservoirs, only well water. So to discourage wasting water on things like washing cars or watering lawns our water bill almost doubles.
You can really tell the people who don’t seem to understand all of this. Here’s what we don’t like to see. Probably just the opposite where you live.
By contrast here is a beautifully kept lawn here in Coupeville on Whidbey Island. Oh, by the way, it’s mine 🙂
Moving on to this morning’s walk. With an on-shore breeze and a little rain, most of the smoke from the Canadian forest fires has been cleared out but that doesn’t mean our spectacular sunrises are gone.
I timed my walk perfectly this morning to be on the Coupeville Wharf right when the sun was breaking over the horizon, Cascade Mountains and Penn Cove. This first one is my friend “Frank”, the Great Blue Heron, sitting on his favorite lamp post with sailboats in the background.
A few minutes later the sun was up a little more and I captured this photo and I really like it.
And then as the sun rose even more I was able to frame “Frank” in front of the sun making for a nice silhouette.
So that’s it for this Monday. I hope you have a great week ahead and we are able to walk some more as the week goes along. Thanks for stopping by.
Good morning everyone, I hope your day is off to a good start I know mine is. A nice little two mile walk to get the motor going.
We currently have a lot of smoke over the area. There are some forest fires burning in Canada and the smoke is being brought down here by a huge high pressure system. While I’m not crazy about it, it certainly does make for some interesting photos.
Yesterday I captured the sun just as it was rising above the trees across the street from my house. I know it doesn’t look real but there it is!
From this morning I captured a small motorboat racing to the sun, at least that’s what it looks like. It is heading east on Penn Cove toward Saratoga Passage.
Looking west from the Coupeville Wharf I spotted these two madrona trees that were really showing their red bark in the orange morning sunrise.
I stole the title for this blog from my sister who posted a similar picture that she took in California a number of years ago. Her’s was a raven flying across the rising sun, I believe mine is a seagull.
Her’s was better than mine but I still like it.
Have a great day and onward!
Sorry I missed you yesterday. I walked but didn’t have anything interesting to post. I didn’t do much better today but did get one nice photo I’ll show you later.
But first I’d like to share a few from last week, that I didn’t get a chance to post.
I was curious if you’d pay $725,000 for a house you couldn’t see? Here’s the street side view.
But if you walk down the beach and look this is what it really looks like. Pretty cool huh?
While we’re looking at “fronts and backs” here’s the Knead and Feed Restaurant and Aqua Gifts from the front.
Again, walk down the beach and look up you get this backside view. Not quite as inviting as the store fronts.
Now for today’s effort. This is something I don’t think I’ve ever seen around town, a herd of four bucks with full racks. Unbelievable!
And finally my “Photo of the Day”! This fog bank was over Camano Island and Saratoga Passage, rather spectacular I’d say.
So that takes care of “Hump Day” for this week. I hope your week is going well and will walk again with me.
Good morning everyone and welcome to a new week. I’m looking forward to some good walking with all of you and sharing my wee seaside town.
There are a lot of tourist’s here in the summer and most come by ferry or drive over on the one bridge that connects to another island that is then connected to the mainland by another bridge. But for the more adventurous they come by boat and anchor or moor in Penn Cove. They dingy into town and enjoy all we have to offer.
This morning there were quite a number “swinging” in the cove.
I spotted a nicely groomed rose vine in the shape of a heart on the side of the Admiralty Inn. I always find it amazing that I spot something like this for the first time when I walk or drive by almost every day.
I also found something new in town. There’s a new restaurant where the Mosquito Fleet Restaurant used to be. It’s a downstairs restaurant right over the water. They also have a nice little outside dinning area. I have no idea what kind of food they serve or how good it is but will have to give it a try. Welcome Tee & Nee Cafe.
And now for the question of the day for all you farmers and rust heads. What the heck is this?
I spotted this two-seater at Sherman’s Pioneer Farm where they have lots of very old rusting farm equipment. It looks like it attaches to something but I have no idea what it does. Any ideas out there?
As always, thanks for walking with me and we’ll do a lot more as the week rolls along.
I don’t know where to start! I shot 96 photos this morning and more than enough came out either really good or quite interesting. I’m not going to overload you with pictures or it would end up like my dad’s slide shows of our vacations 😉
So I’ll show you some today and more on another slow day sometime.
I walked the beach from the end of our street to the Coupeville Wharf, that’s about three-quarters of a mile. I’ll show you the wildlife today and interesting stuff later.
I first stumbled upon a Great Blue Heron and deer. I call this picture “Frank ‘n Deer”.
As I got closer the Heron decided it was time to skedaddle and took flight.
Penn Cove is often called the “Mussel Capital of the World” be cause we raise some of the best mussels in the world and they are plentiful, as this picture shows. The rock is covered with barnacles and mussels.
Mussels also like to cling to pilings. These are the pilings leading to the wharf. It looks like there are a lot of people visiting our wee town by boat. I’ll bet many of the are enjoying our mussels which are served at all the local restaurants.
On the way back home I spotted this eagle soaring through the sky. What a lovely way to start the day.
Thanks for joining me on this beautiful Monday morning. I hope you have a great week ahead and I’ll do the same.